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SSHOC D2.1 Overall Communication and Outreach Plan (approved 18 nov 2019)

Annika Schwabe; Julian Ausserhofer; Leonardo Marino; Marieke Willems; Vasso Kalaitzi; Irena Vipavc Bvrar; Eleonor Smith; Silvana Muscella

This project aims to build a Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC) as part of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) by implementing a cloud based-infrastructure to maximize the interconnectedness of existing and new research infrastructures. The goal is to provide a recognisable and accessible environment for data, tools, services and trainings, and to maximise data reuse through Open Science and FAIR principles.

As stated in the Grant Agreement Article 38.1, “the beneficiaries must promote the action and its results, by providing targeted information to multiple audiences (including the media and the public) in a strategic and


effective manner“ . In line with this, this document sets out a strategy for communication, and additionally for dissemination. Both, communication activities as well as dissemination activities contribute fundamentally to the project’s visibility, outreach, and impact. This document will provide guidance to the projects’ partners in order to make the most of their activities. This strategy document outlines the main objectives, target groups, tools, and activities for communication and dissemination of the SSHOC.



activities addresses the concepts of inserting research results in the specific policy context in which they are

implemented. The approach also aligns with best practices and results of other EOSC implementation

projects. This adheres to the goals set out by the European Commissioner for Research, Science and

Innovation Carlos Moedas, who sets out three major points for the EU research and innovation policy, which

are summarised as “Open Innovation, Open Science and Open to the World”

The SSHOC communication strategy is a SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) and KPI-driven approach to successful community building and stakeholder engagement, design and promotion of the Marketplace, content creation and development of the Communication Toolbox, and social media campaigns. Moreover, experience has demonstrated, amongst many things, that the most important dissemination recommendations and actions should be Realistic, Implementable, Achievable and Measurable.

It ensures extensive interactions between and with ERICs and SSH ESFRI Landmarks, open source communities, policy makers as well as private and industry players active in the pilot domains of Social Science and Economics, Migration & Mobility, Election Studies, Language & Humanities, Culture and Heritage, with content tailored to different professional roles and research cultures. The strategy also aims to support the project policy approach towards the EOSC, showcasing collaboration success stories and topics of common interest, and a go-to plan for the project main sustainable asset, the SSH Open Marketplace.

This deliverable has been accepted by the European Commission on 18 November 2019
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